I don’t know how many of you are fans of Critical Role, but I’ve been binge-watching their D&D series for the last few months. There is this character named Fjord who used to be a sailor and is almost haunted by some sort of god-like entity named Uk’otoa. During the past week’s episode, Fjord’s “god” has been terrorizing him with dreams of ice-cold water and it got me thinking, it’s time to find a pirate RPG. As you all know, it’s got to have some sort of farming element if I am going to play it; low and behold, I’ve found such a game entitled Stranded Sails.
Stranded Sails begins with a crew becoming shipwrecked on a strange archipelago. As the son or daughter, of the captain you realize that your father is terribly injured, and this is your chance to take the reins. This means setting camp and creating a makeshift farm for the survivors to thrive. While farming on a small island sounds serene and fulfilling, the main goal is to craft a new ship so everyone can get back to the motherland. To do this, you and your crew must venture through the dense jungle solving challenging puzzles, finding priceless treasures, and taking on the dangerous supernatural entities. The only way to make it home safe? Unveiling the secrets nestled into the cursed islands.
If that plot didn’t sound awesome enough, there are also several fundamentals that make this RPG unique from the rest. Stranded Sails boasts an open world that permits players to venture between the various islands with an open-world feel. Along with farming comes cooking and the need to ensure the crew is taken care of and happy, which adds an element of realism to the game. Speaking of which, it’s important to watch your own energy levels and maintain a cohesive diet. To guarantee a variety of crops there are also expansions to the farm that can be forged.
The element that struck me as most interesting was the cycling between day and night. That tells me that certain dangers will come out in the twilight and perhaps safety during the daylight. However, if an island is cursed one shouldn’t be lulled into that false sense of security. Especially with supernatural dangers and crazy quests along the way. All in all, Stranded Sails brings a whole new light to the farming RPG.
I’ve seen a plethora of farming simulators in my day and I still find great excitement in games that bring something new to the table. I applaud Stranded Sails for picking a new story line and giving a different perspective to a classic genre. What strikes me as interesting is the graphics that seem light and joyous versus the dark story line. The music is also jovial and rambunctious forcing me to remember that this is a game centered around adventure causing childlike wonder to seem out of me. Plus, Stranded Sails allows me to act out my fantasy of wearing pirate pants. Overall, if this game excites you as much as it does me, you can find it in October 2019 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.